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tonight, historical showdown, the fireworks, fact checks, and the fall-out from the first clash between donald trump and hillary clinton. the most watched debate in american history. plus, the former beauty queen thrown into t d trump doubling down his attacks on her appearance. blazing inferno. a blistering heat wave fueling wildfires, threatening hundreds of structures, residents under emergency evacuation. emotional plea, a little girl moved to tears in charlotte, her powerful message about police shootings. and new details about the man whose death sparked a week of protests. house explosion, a sudden blast levels a home, killing a fire
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a star pitcher honored after his shocking, tragic death. "nightly news" begins right now. good evening. a campaign that has all year long defied political norms and ignited levels of vitriol charted new history last night. the largest audience for a presidential debate in history. more than 80 million people watched on the internet for the long awaited showdown between hillary clinton and donald trump who are back on the road tonight doing what campaigns doing following debates, declaring victory. in this case, after a brawling 90 minutes that touched nearly every raw nerve between them. there's a lot to cover on this night after the debate. we start with nbc's peter alexander. >> reporter: the face-off, fierce, the contrast, unmistakable. hillary clinton's planned attacks.
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not the fact. >> reporter: against donald trump's free-wheeling jabs. >> she's got experience, that i agree, but it's bad, bad experience. >> reporter: tuning in,a i record 80 million plus pivotal viewers, watching moments that could last until election day. trump giving his critics more amnition on his hidden tax returns, appearing to acknowledge in many years, he payed zero tax returns. >> that makes me >> that means zero for schools or health. >> reporter: and under fire for his treatment of alicia machado, miss universe. >> reporter: clinton still dogged by her e-mail controversy. it was a mistake and i take responsibility for that. >> that was more than a mistake. that was done purposely. when you have the illegal server set up taking the fifth, i
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disgraceful. >> reporter: both candidates tripping up on their own record. on the iraq war. >> donald supported the invasion of iraq. >> wrong. >> that is absolutely proved over and over again. >> reporter: in fact, it's true. trump supported an invasion in 2002, before the war. clinton, on the defensive on trade. >> you called it the gold standard of trade deals. you said it's the finest deal you've ever seen. >> the facts are, i did say, i hoped it would be. >> not true. she praised the transpacific deal as the gold standard finally on the birther conspiracy theory -- >> we're talking about racial healing in this segment. what do you say -- >> i say nothing. because i was able to get him to produce it. >> reporter: trump again fueling outrage, blaming nt clinton's campaign for starting the controversy. >> they were pressing it very hard. >> reporter: that claim also not true. after a contentious night, jacob soboroff
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there was no big change either way. >> i would agree. clinton was clinton. trump was trump. we've seen these personalities. >> reporter: and donald trump doesn't lack for detractors, but his feisty performance last night only served to motivate his biggest supporters. the main telling me tonight it's raised more than $16 million, lester, in the last 24 hours. >> peter alexander, thank you. one of the moments that has so many people talking last night came wit trump's remarks about a former miss universe's weight. we're hearing from that beauty winner while trump refuses to back down on his comments. >> reporter: donald trump isn't sorry for disparaging remarks about a miss universe winner 20 years ago, this morning doing it again. telling fox news, after alicia machado was crowned, she was anything but his ideal pageant queen. >> she gained a massive amount of weight, and it was --
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clinton intended to bait trump with machado last night and she did. >> donald, she has a name. her name is alicia machado. >> reporter: machado won miss universe when she was 19, trump was 50 at the time and said this in 1997. >> she gains about 55 pounds in a period of nine months. she was like an eating machine. >> reporter: it made for an easy target for clinton. debate, highlighting a photo of trump and machado at a gym. >> my story, how miss universe, with this, with this person, can open eyes in these elections. >> reporter: in 16 months of his campaign, trump has never polled well with women. in our latest poll, down 14 points. >> trump gave hillary clinton's campaign a huge gift by acting like a misogynistic
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trump campaign is saying clinton was the real loser last night. she was canned, scripted, and over-prepared. and warned he can always hit back harder if he wants to. tonight trump is here in melbourne, florida, where voters who support him, female voters who support him, say they don't care what he says, because he used to be an entertainer. and yes, they do want a female president. they just don't want it to be clinton. >> thanks, katy. hillary clinton, is post debate momentum. let's get more from nbc's andrea mitchell. >> reporter: tonight hillary clinton back on the trail and sounding confident. >> did anybody see that debate last night? oh, yes! one down, two to go. >> reporter: as her heavy hitters fanned out across battleground states declaring her the debate winner. >> i was really proud of her last night.
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painfully uninformed. >> reporter: clinton rallying young voters. her lead over drop with millenials dropping 19 points since last month. >> clinton seemed very programmed, like she was reading off something, very robotic. and i thought trump was very passionate and natural. >> reporter: clinton believes other women saw the debate differently. >> what about the way he kept interrupting and the way he answered the question about gender? do you think women would react >> well, i think his -- his demeanor, his temperament, his behavior on the stage could be seen by everybody. >> reporter: a key turning point, the campaign thinks clinton got under trump's skin early in the debate with this dig. >> he started his business with $14 million borrowed from his father. >> my father gave me a very small loan in 1975. >> reporter: a moment that came after days of debate prep with
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she told her team, trump sounded just like phillipe. tomorrow she'll head to new hampshire for the second time with bernie sanders, hoping he can persuade his young followers to vote for her. >> lester? >> andrea mitchell on the campaign trail, thanks. we turn now to the west where rapidly spreading wildfires have forced emergency evacuations. a sweltering height wave with triple-digit temperatures is fueling flames in carn in a desperate race. we get more from nbc's miguel almaguer. >> reporter: in the santa cruz mountains this is the race to save homes. flames exploding ten stories high, fueled by scorching heat, fanned by strong winds, and feeding on a five-year drought. for firefighters across the region, a recipe for disaster. with evacuations under way, 300 structures
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destroyed. >> it's just extreme fire behavior with the drought conditions and height waves, it's the new norm. typical fight in this mountain range. >> reporter: for the 56 huh men and women battling ten wildfires across the state, heat is the enemy. >> it's hot, it's hot. >> reporter: dangerous, record-breaking temperatures turning fall into summer. a heat alert issued for the los angeles basin, baking in triple-digit heat. >> just stick it out here for a while until home and sit in front of the fan. >> reporter: with the power grid stressed, the ac is out in hundreds of classrooms in los angeles. a cool-off is coming, but for many, not soon enough, as fire and heat grips a region in desperate need of relief. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. a sudden explosion here in new york leveled a house and killed a 17-year-old veteran of the fire department. the blast occurred while firefighters were checking accounted a reported gas smell at the
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falling debris killed battalion chief michael fay he, father of 3. officials believe the home was used for a marijuana growing operation. a tenant has been detained and is expected to be charged according to a law enforcement source. tonight the bridgegate scandal is back in the spotlight. chris christie has long denied any knowledge of the scheme to cause a traffic gentleman on the george washington bridge in 2013 for political payback. but today a key witness testified that not only did christie know about it ae it too. nbc's stephanie gosk has more. >> reporter: bridgegate lasted four painful days in 2013, causing massive traffic jams for cars, emergency vehicles, and school buses on the george washington bridge. >> no cars are really coming our way. >> reporter: today in a federal courthouse, prosecutors said a former port authority official told new jersey governor chris christie two days into the crisis that it was no accident. state officials allegedly closed lanes
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who didn't endorse christie's re-election campaign. david wildstein, who was appointed to the port authority by christie testified that he and his boss, bill baroni, met with the governor at this 9/11 memorial service. according to wildstein, baroni told christie, governor, there's a tremendous amount of traffic in ft. lee. please know mayor sokolich is frustrated. wildstein told the court the governor laughed when he heard the news. today christie once again denied being involved. authorizing it. i had no knowledge of it. and there has been no evidence ever put forward that i did. >> reporter: baroni and christie's former deputy chief of staff bridget anne kelly are on trial fighting charges for their alleged involvement. he replied, got it. wildstein pleaded
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not been charged with a crime. >> these prosecutors are only moving forward on charges where they think they have evidence beyond a reasonable doubt. >> reporter: but christie did pay a political price. >> he knew about it. totally knew about it. >> reporter: now the governor is a top surrogate for trump and his presidential hopes are on hold while bridgegate is still far from over. stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york. turning now. syrian government forces teamping to take the city once and for all after a cease fair collapsed there last week. as our richard engel tells us, the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians hang in the balance. >> reporter: drone footage shows what some call the hell, the once beautiful city of aleppo has become, as hard as it is to imagine, getting even worse here. a punishing air and ground offensive by the syrian regime and
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for final control of what's left of the city. syrian troops controlled the west of aleppo, their target is the rebel-held east, where activists say 250 to 300,000 civilians are living. at a maternity ward, some of the youngest victims. scarred and under weight. none of this was part of the plan the u.s. agreed to. just over a week ago secretary kerry and russia's foreign minister signed a deal for a ceasefire. instead, syr russia launched a surprise offensive with little regard, it seems for casualties. last week, we showed you a girl pulled from the rubble. our camera found her again at a hospital. awake, but not doing well. a nurse said she can't recognize anyone. maybe it's a blessing. her entire family was killed in the attack she survived. doctors are calling for urgent
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but so far, help isn't coming. richard engel, nbc news. there's more to tell you about. still ahead, a little girl's heartbreaking plea. the tearful message she had for police that's resonating across the country. also billionaire my business was built with passion... but i keep it growing by making every dollar count. that's why i have the spark cash card from capital one. with it, i earn unlimited 2% cash back on all of my purchasing. and that unlimited 2% cash back from spark means thousands of dollars each year going back into my business... which adds fuel to my bottom line. what's in your wallet? i love my shop, but my back pain was making it hard to sleep and open up on time. then i found aleve pm. the only one to combine a sleep aid plus the 12 hour pain relieving strength of aleve. now i'm back.
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we're back with new details in the deadly police shooting that sparked a week of protests in charlotte. we've learned the wife of the man who was killed took out an order of protection against him last year. with emotions raw in charlotte, a little girl has captured the nation's attention with her emotional plea c gabe gutierrez. >> reporter: it was already a contentious charlotte city council meeting when 9-year-old zaiana captured the frustration of so many. >> we are black people, and we shouldn't have to feel like this. we shouldn't have to protest because y'all are treating us wrong. we do this because we need to. >> he doesn't have a gun. >> reporter: a week ago today, rakeyia scott shot this cell
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husband's final foment moments. the family insists the three videos released so far don't prove he was armed. but police say a fun found at the scene has his fingerprints and dna. rakeyia scott wrote that her husband had a gun but no permit because he was a felon. he kicked me and threatened to kill us last night with his gun. the next month she had the order dismissed because she claimed he no longer posed a threat. >> i don't think there's a question anymore that mr. scott was not armed. family's attorney calls the protective order irrelevant and raises new questions about the officer's actions. the first part of the body camera video is silent, suggesting that the officer did not activate the device until this point after scott had been shot. >> there's evidence, there are things that we could have seen, things that we could have heard that are forever lost because this officer failed to follow the cmpd
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>> it just makes me feel like that's not right. >> reporter: for the family, the death of scott has struck a nerve. >> we don't hate the police. we hate how he are treated by the police, how we are targeted by the police. >> reporter: a case where so many questions remain unanswered and emotions are still raw. gabe gutierrez, nbc news. still ahead here tonight, we're back in a moment with why a food that a lot of kids love to eat is being recalled. when it comes to healthcare, seconds can mean the difference between life and death. for partners in health, time is life. we have 18,000 people around the world. the microsoft cloud helps our entire staff stay connected and work together in real time to help those that need it. the ability to collaborate changes how we work. what we do together
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in miami. >> reporter: the miami marlins facing the new york mets were playing for more than a win last night. they were playing for jose fernandez. ? ? >> it's why every player on this grief-stricken team honored his memory by wearing his jersey. this was their first game following the ace pitcher's sudden death over the weekend in a boating accident. >> i'mt of the guys. so proud of everybody for coming together tonight. >> reporter: while some of their tributes were planned, no one could have imagined what would happen in the first inning when the marlins leadoff batter dee gordon stepped to the plate, having gone all season without hitting a single home run, and did this. >> gordon to right, it's deep, and it's gone! >> reporter: in the box score, his upper deck blast will go
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run, but in that moment, dee gordon was far from alone. >> he is overcome by emotion again. >> that was one of the best moments of my life. i don't have kids, so that's the best moment of my life, to hit a home run for him. >> reporter: the marlins would go on to win. their tearful postgame celebration taking place around the pitcher's mound, where the legacy of number 16 lives on. joe fryer, nbc news. and that'sng tuesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and goodnight. >> announcer: right now, from milwaukee, this is today's tmj4. live at 6:00. >> right now, a witness to the murder of laylah petersen
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happened minutes before she was shot and killed. she was sitting on her grandfather's lap, watching tv, when she was shot in the head. >> outside the courthouse, where one of two men has pleaded not guilty to the crime. >> reporter: the family has been here for every moment of this trial so far. they've been waiting for nearly two years for justice, they sayd is a constant reminder of what happened, a ballistic chart showing inside the home where the child was shot and killed. one of the witnesses claims he was in the get-away car when it all happened. >> i just heard shots and he came back to the car. >> reporter: testifying for the prosecution against his former friend, karl barrett, part of a plea deal of his own. 21-year-old barrett is accused of being one of two men to open fire on the girl's home in a case of mistaken identity.
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drinking or anything like that when you were there? >> smoke a lot. >> he shares they were upset, a suspect accused of murdering a friend's brother was just found not guilty. court records show one of the suspects stated he killed my brother, and he's getting out. this can't be going on. i'm going to do something about it. they then drove to what they thought was the suspect's house. >> i heard a lot of shots. it was back to back. >> police say they all too soon found out they targeted wrong home. an innocent girl's life was taken too soon. >> the other two men charged in the 5-year-old girl's murder have pled guilty and will be sentenced later this year. reporting live outside the milwaukee county courthouse, julia fello, today's wtmj. >> storm team 4, light rain scattered across the area. here's a live look from our tower cam. john malan will keep an eye on things and we're going to get

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